Raising Healthy Kids
Raising healthy kids is not as difficult as people make it out to be. However, parents would need to know about the advantages and benefits of a healthy diet as opposed to a junk diet. A junk diet may be very easy to prepare, but it is definitely going to be made up of processed foods, lots of salt, chemical preservatives, soy products and other ingredients which are going to be potentially harmful for the body in the long run. On the other hand, if the child gets used from childhood to a diet of whole grain products, cereals, lentils, beans, fresh and organically grown fruit and vegetables, he is going to include them in its diet automatically when he grows up.
Now, how best can a parent get a child to eat fresh fruit and vegetables, when the parent is not used to including those items in his diet, himself. It is a case of “monkey see monkey do” so if the parent eats plenty of processed foods, food stuffs made of high fat, soybean products, high-fat dairy products, etc., the child is definitely going to acquire a taste for them. This is why, if you are thinking of raising healthy kids, you need to take a bit of trouble about their diet. You may want to encourage them to snack between meals on fruit and nuts. You will also like them to crunch on raw vegetables, when they are feeling peckish.
A child’s eating habits develop and mature from the age of two to eleven. They love experimenting with different foodstuffs. So, if you can encourage them to believe that fresh fruit and vegetables are really good for them and they are going to grow as strong as, say, their favorite star or cartoon character, well, this is one way of encouraging them to eat healthy.
Do not leave the choice of foodstuffs to a child; given the choice, he is always going to eat something to which he is used, instead of trying something new. Instead, you may want to encourage him to spend a little quality time with you in the kitchen by preparing his choice of food. Put out the different ingredients like fresh fruit and vegetables in different bowls, plenty of whole grain or full grain breads, healthy fats, spices, and even different varieties of cooked beans and then allow them full leeway to indulge in their imagination and creative spirit.
Children are definitely going to eat what they have prepared themselves! This bit of psychology, especially when they do not know that they are eating healthy food is going to help you a lot in the long run because they are going to know how to appreciate different food combinations while eating freshly prepared healthy meals!
Preparing a healthy meal does not mean slaving over the stove for hours. All you have to do is go to the supermarket, get plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit (remember to consult your kids for their choices and recommendations), beans and legumes, olive oil, coconut oil or any other low-fat oil and other unprocessed foods, and then enjoy the fact that you are eating healthy and your children are eating healthy!